2 die in shooting at Virginia naval station

Christopher B. Stoltz/U.S. Navy
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 8:24am

The civilian who was one of two men killed in a shooting on the USS Mahan at Virginia's Naval Station Norfolk on Monday night had proper identification to get onto the base, but breached security to board the ship, a U.S. defense official said Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The official also offered these details of the shooting: It began after the civilian, having breached security to board the ship, grabbed the service pistol of a sailor who was standing guard. The civilian then shot a different sailor who was on security duty, and security personnel shot the civilian, the official said.

[Earlier version, posted at 6:16 a.m. ET]

Two men, a sailor and a civilian, died after a shooting at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia late Monday night, the U.S. Navy said.

The shooting occurred on the destroyer USS Mahan, said Elizabeth Baker, director of the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs Office.

The incident took place at Pier 1 around 11:20 p.m., according the naval station's Facebook page.

No other injuries were reported.

Naval Station Norfolk was briefly locked down before the restriction was lifted.

Authorities did not release details about the shooting. But spokesman Jim Moir said the civilian suspect was shot and killed by Navy Security Forces.

CNN's Jonathan Helman contributed to this report.

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